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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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We went for the Christmas candlelight tour. It was $30 for two and lasted about 2 hours. There is... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2016
kittyderr
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Candlelight Tour

We really enjoyed the candlelight tour. Marcia and Jim were great hosts and tour guides. This... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2016
travelinggal49
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Take a step back in time as you enter this Grand Gilded Age home, built by Franklin W. Smith in 1883. Franklin Smith, an eclectic world traveler, was originally from Boston, and he built the Villa Zorayda as his winter home in St. Augustine, FL. Smith was the innovator of poured concrete and crushed coquina construction that is seen throughout St. Augustine today. On the "National Register of Historic Places", the Villa Zorayda is a 1/10th scale reproduction of a portion of the Moorish Castle, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. View the elegant traceries on the walls made of alabaster and plaster which were made in Spain using the same molds that the Moors used for the walls of the Alhambra Palace! In addition to the magnificent architecture of the building is the original art and antique collection: hand pierced brass lamps, hand carved and exquisite inlaid furniture, an Egyptian rug over 2400 years old, and much more! You will also see beautiful hand painted Spanish & Egyptian tiles, Moorish horseshoe arches, and the beautiful architectural details from the Alhambra Palace. Learn the 133 year history of the Villa Zorayda as you take a state-of-the-art audio guided tour, which run continuously throughout the day. The audio guided tour is available in English, Spanish and French. Free parking while visiting the Museum.
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83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

We went for the Christmas candlelight tour. It was $30 for two and lasted about 2 hours. There is alot to see here and the history was amazing

Thank kittyderr
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We really enjoyed the candlelight tour. Marcia and Jim were great hosts and tour guides. This remarkable 1883 home now museum is worth a visit. Beautiful decorated Christmas Tree, many original pieces and great stories. The cookies and punch served before the candlelight tour were...More

Thank travelinggal49
Reviewed 6 December 2016

A beautiful building full of many antiques from Morrocco. The tour is narrated by a mobil unit you listen to. It describes everything in each room with all of the details. Ugh, a rug made of cat hair. Interesting to see this museum.

Thank nonsense193
Reviewed 5 December 2016

we took the candle light tour which was very interesting The Christmas decorations were very nice.The tour is well presented and art works very good.

Thank Genofred
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Can you believe it! This beautiful building is back in the family. What a delight to have the grand daughter and great great grand daughter working there along with the husband of the grand daughter. The tour was well presented and it is so beautiful...More

Thank Hotdogbikers
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Have lived in the area for close to 20 years and never thought to visit this extremely unique museum. Their Christmas candlelight tour drew us in and so glad we went. Tour was actually give by the granddaughter of the second owners and she and...More

Thank fltraveler100
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Great little museum...a bit different from what you might expect. There is so much to see and learn about.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 23 November 2016

It's not big and photography is NOT ALLOWED inside. Some old artifacts on display, not much to see but the entrance fee is quite stiff for such a small place with restrictions in photography. Pales in comparison to the real Alhambra Palace in Granada 1000%.

Thank GhenTravelbug
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Take this self-guided tour (with audio) to discover this very entertaining home-turned-museum. Interesting history of the details of it's owner/builder. Loaded with art items, most very valuable antiques. Very colorful design and unique furnishings. FYI: There is one staircase that you must climb to the...More

Thank D F
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It's small, but a beautiful and easy museum to get through. Well worth the $10 admission, we really loved this building!

Thank jcasey6314
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